Grækarismessa in the Faroe Islands
Grækarismessa in the Faroe Islands is held on March 12. Celebrated since 1943. This event in the second decade of the month March is annual. Help us
The Faroe Islands are more than well-known for being a stopover for a lot of migratory birds. However, even though almost all of them excite birdwatchers around the world, the king of the birds for the Faroese is Tjaldur or Oystercatcher. Interestingly it is the Faroese national symbol, and the day when it comes back home from migration is the day nationally celebrated as an arrival of spring.
It brings great joy to many Faroese people when the first Oystercatchers of the year are seen and maybe especially heard. On the 12th of March, the people of the Faroe Islands celebrate Grækarismessa, which means, among other things, that the Oystercatchers have arrived and summer is at hand. Saint Gregoryís Day (Grækarismessa, in Faroese) traditionally marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the arrival of the national bird of the Faroe Islands: the oystercatcher (Tjaldur, in Faroese).
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